Vocal Communication in Primates

  • Leonard M. Eisenman
Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)


The living primates are social mammals that exhibit a variety of complex and subtle behavior patterns employing intricate communication systems. These patterns are expressions that have evolved during the long phylogenetic history of the various primate groups. The communication systems have utilized the auditory, visual, tactile, gustatory, and olfactory senses as essential modalities in the development, maintenance, and evolution of the social interactions in these primates. Attention in this discussion is directed to some recent findings, concepts, and speculations concerning the auditory aspects in the communication systems of several primates. These comprise (1) the auditory signal, including such aspects as vocalization repertoires, neural correlates, and ontogeny and (2) the perception of vocalization, including auditory sensitivity and the response properties of single neurons. The implications regarding the encoding of vocalizations by the nervous system are reviewed and discussed.


Nonhuman Primate Auditory Cortex Squirrel Monkey Auditory Signal Interaural Time Difference 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonard M. Eisenman
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  1. 1.Department of AnatomyThomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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